This week in the Next Generation Communications Community touched on a variety of areas, many of them featuring community host Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) (ALU). This includes items relating to things under the sea, on the ground and over the air.
In the news, ALU had the following developments of note:
First, we’ll touch on the sea: ALU revealed that it successfully completed the first stage of the Polish Maritime Safety Initiative modernization project. It involves deployment of an IP/MPLS system that enables control, management and monitoring of technology-based information that will allow Poland’s maritime authority an increased efficiency in safety and operations at all eighteen ports in the Baltic Sea. This project has been dubbed the “National Network of Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems (GMDSS).” They also released a short view on how the new Moana cable that connects Hawaii and New Zealand is a milestone in submarine cable history.
In other ALU-related news, the company has helped Canada’s Videotron (News - Alert) provide better customer experiences with deployment of the ALU Motive Customer Experience Management solution. It will allow the Canadian communications services provider to optimize Internet performance as well as proactively fix network related problems before they become perceptible to customers and hence start flooding contact centers with calls. And, Alcatel-Lucent is a major supplier to China Mobile (News - Alert), the world’s largest mobile services provider, and a key piece of technology ALU is providing is its 7950 XRS router which can deliver 16 Terabits of data per second and is capable of supporting 400 Gigabit per second Ethernet interfaces.
The other industry news that caught attention this week was the announcement from Windstream (News - Alert) of its expanded Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) service offering in Latin America to meet the explosive growth of data centers in that region.
As one of the aforementioned news item shows, ALU is a significant solutions provider in China. One of the features this past week focuses again on the China Mobile relationship, specifically on China Mobile partnering with ALU business unit Nuage Networks and its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) to expedite services development and delivery.
While admittedly I authored the posting, readers should be interested in the chronicle of the recent Alcatel-Lucent and BT (News - Alert) hackathon that explored the possibilities of leveraging ALU's Rapport APIs to rapidly develop new services. In addition, the conclusion of the two-part series on a recent comprehensive survey of large enterprise IT decision makers looks at Security, Budget and Investment, and Top Concerns and Purchase Drivers. It also includes Alcatel-Lucent’s five recommendations to large enterprises looking to take advantage of these trends.
Finally, we gave all of our bloggers the week off so we could fit in the contribution from Phil Tilley, Senior Director, NFV and Cloud Product Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, Achieving Lean NFV operations: Building the Right Open NFV Platform. He makes the point that all cloud deployments and telecom operational environments are not the same and says focus should be on three key development areas for building right open NFV platform.
Since it is holiday party season the next few weeks, why not spend the weekend catching up.? The community home page is your gateway to constantly up-dated news, whitepapers, videos, podcasts and case studies.
For example, TechZine recommendations for this weekend include:
Plus, if you have time, the home page also has links to the other eZines, GRIDTalk, TRACKTALK and LIFETALK. And, the “Digital Ideas” section which has a series of informative podcasts.